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Two sons of Dr. Tufts, Simon and Cotton, studied medicine. Simon, the eldest, finished his three years of preparation with his father just before that father's death. The inhabitants of Medford were anxious to have this promising young man become their physician, and invited him to the office; which he accepted. Entering upon his practice with confidence and reputation given in advance, as if his father had bequeathed to him his knowledge and experience, he had only to answer the expectations of his friends. He did this, and more. He was born Jan. 16, 1727, and graduated at Harvard College in 1744. At his father's death he had not attained his majority. The care of his mother and her six children devolved, in great measure, on him. Encouraged by friends at home, and having the promise of aid in his medical practice from Dr. Brattle, of Cambridge, he took courage. His mild yet truthful character commanded the respect, while it won the affection, of all. His classmates considered him a ripe Latin scholar, and a boon companion. He had the talent of agreeableness. He received from his father the old-fashioned habits of urbanity, which he observed with a sort of religious strictness. No one passed him unnoticed. It was his custom to lift his hat to each one he met, no matter what the age or color. It was said he wore out two hats where other gentlemen wore out one. His example was so attractive and so uniform that he moulded the manners of the town. It was in this school that his pupil, John Brooks, caught the last finish of dignity and grace for which he was signalized. Aug. 30, 1770, he received from the king the commission of justice of the peace, signed by Governor Hutchinson.

Dr. Tufts had the entire practice of Medford, and was frequently called into the neighboring towns. When the question of Independence came up, he took side for it with warmth, and devoted himself to the wounded soldiers, who were brought here after the battle of Bunker Hill. He was the most intimate friend of Colonel Royal, who appointed him the sole agent of his large estate ; and it was by the skilful and manly conduct of Dr. Tufts that the confiscation of the colonel's property was deferred. In municipal affairs he took a lively interest, and served the town in some important offices, notwithstanding his professional engagements. When quite a young man, November, 1745, he made his public profession of Christianity, and lived consistently therewith. In

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